By Ryan Horton
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the club will not host the annual Valentine Wine Dinner.
The annual dinner usually serves as the club‘s largest fundraiser of the year.
Instead, the club will still take donations during a “Dreamy Valentine Dinner” fundraising campaign.
A $100 donation will put you in a drawing for two tickets to next year’s formal wine dinner.
Funds raised will help the club work to improve the eastern Oklahoma County community.
“Although we are unable to enjoy a fun Valentine evening together this year, we ask you to dream with us, to dream of healthier, freer times ahead. We’re dreaming of Rotarians returning to the classrooms to read our donated books to cherub-faced preschool children, to distribute and discuss the value of dictionaries to third graders, to personally hand a scholarship to a deserving high school senior, to be ready to serve other needs in our community as they are brought to our attention,” said Lay, who chairs the annual Valentine efforts. “Consider providing a donation so the EOC Rotary projects can continue to be funded.”
The club hopes to bring the in-person fundraiser back to the community in 2022.
EOC Rotary Club serves the Choctaw, Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther communities in eastern Oklahoma County.
To find out more information about the EOC Rotary Club or support one of their projects call Denna Lay at 642-3406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings every Thursday
The Rotary Club of East Oklahoma County has resumed meetings at noon and 7 p.m. each Thursday at the Country Club at Choctaw Creek Golf Course.
The club is working to get regular programs slated for their weekly socially distanced meetings, and also working to get back to work improving the community.
While many members are still staying home or video conferencing into meetings, local Rotarians are eager to continue serving the community however possible.
The club recently completed the annual task of providing dictionaries to all third-grade students in Choctaw, Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther public schools.
The club also once again provided early reading books to many local Pre-K students.
Peanut Butter Dive
The EOC Rotary Club is conducting a peanut butter drive during the month of February.
The club is seeking donations of small peanut butter jars as they remain a staple of local food pantries.
“Food pantry workers say they always need peanut butter,” said Rotarian Wade Moore.
Donations will go to the Mid-Del Food Pantry, and help feed families in need throughout the area.
Jars of peanut butter or funds to be used to purchase peanut butter can be donated directly to the EOC Rotary Club or dropped at the offices of Comtec Security or the Choctaw Times until March 1.
“We’ve priced small jars at $1.60. So if you can give $10, we’ll turn that into four jars,” said Denna Lay.